Luke Potter is a young singer / songwriter from the UK who is beginning to garner a good deal of notice with his wondrously timeless, introspective tunes. An EP entitled Just Pieces Of Me was released last year via Palm 55 Music, and he’s already been writing and recording new music. Potter’s latest single is entitled We’re Alive, an exhilarating bit of artistry that will make you want to take on the world at large. Here is an interview we conducted to with Luke to find out more about his songs old and new, his visits to Los Angeles, serenading the Queen of England, and other royal topics of interest. Read on…
What was the very first song you ever wrote, how old were you, and what were the lyrics about?
The first song I ever wrote was a song called ‘Streets Of New York’ and it’s probably the cheesiest song I’ve ever written! At that time I had just turned 17 so my main focus at that particular point was girls (haha)! This song was actually about a relationship I had with a girlfriend at the time.
Where are you based out of and what is your music scene like there?
I was born in England, and grew up in a small seaside town called Weston-super-Mare in the South West of the UK. I’ve really only been playing gigs for about a year but there’s plenty of places for solo singers and bands to play locally. And we have a seafront and town centre where people busk in the street (before being moved on sometimes…)! There are also bars that have open mic nights/ acoustic nights where anyone can get up on stage and show their talent. Really I’m spoilt for choice!
Every single year the town holds a concert called ‘T4 On The Beach’ to thousands of people! It’s a major event here in the UK and is televised as well. It’s always awesome and maybe one year I’ll get asked to play…
What inspired the lyrics for your new single ‘We’re Alive’?
I guess for me the song has a lot of meanings, that’s the beauty of music… there are a lot of personal things behind the song. I feel a lot of people don’t understand how hard it is growing up today… there’s just so much pressure on today’s generation to be successful and do well and it’s hard when you can’t even get a job out of college.
I think I speak for myself and a lot of people when I say I want to do so much with my life but its hard to know where to start. This is probably why a lot of people these days feel that they’re ‘Alive but not living’ – and this could mean anything from wanting to make more of a difference but not feeling that they can or not being happy with where their life is going.
How did the dance remix of We’re Alive come about, who did it, and what did you think when you first heard it?
A company called ‘Xmix’ who manage Lenny B contacted me to ask if he could remix the song. He’d heard the original pop / rock version and loved it so I was absolutely blown away when the opportunity came to have it remixed by this top guy! I love the remix and it’s strange because it’s a style of music I’d never thought of exploring. Now, I think I’d like to do more!
Select two songs from your debut EP ‘Just Pieces Of Me’ and what inspired the lyrics?
‘Walls’ – this is quite a simple song; I wrote it about friendship. We all need someone “when the walls come down” to pick us up so we can carry on again!
And ‘Tara’ – is about a girl I met in college, she is just an amazing person, and I will always have this song to remind me of her when I’m feeling low.
How close are to releasing a full-length album?
I would say right now my focus is on writing as many songs as possible to the best of my ability. When I think I’ve got enough GREAT songs I’m sure we’ll get it out there.
I’m recording all the time and there’s about 8-10 new songs either being worked on or being started over the next month. So, an album might ‘escape’ soon!
And I’m also writing with other people, which has been great experience for me, and maybe there’ll be songs that will come out of that. For example, I’ve just written a song with Katie Cole (who’s out there in LA) and I’m recording it at the moment.
It’s just writing and then writing more… which is great and I love the creative and recording process.
What could one expect from a live Luke Potter show?
I guess what I try to do when I play live is to invite everyone to open up, and have fun…that’s what it’s all about.
My songs are written from the heart, so I hope that when people hear them ‘live’ they can relate and that something touches them! At the end of the day we’re all pretty much going through the same things.
If you could open up for any band either current or who has ever existed, what band would that be and why?
The Goo Goo Dolls, hands down…I was sixteen and was going on a very long drive when I first heard them on a friend’s IPOD. The moment I heard their song ‘Let Love In’ was when I knew I wanted to be a songwriter.
The Queen Of England invites you to play one song at a Royal Command Performance. What song would you perform for Her Majesty and guests and why?
A song called ‘Take Me For A Lifetime’ because whenever I seem to play it live I get a great reaction from it… it’s crazy seeing people listening to your music and getting emotional about it.
It would be amazing to play in front of The Queen!
Have you ever played here in the States or plan to do so in future days?
I have attended a few open mic/acoustic nights in the Orlando area! It’s always really great fun, AND YES! I would love to play properly in the States!
I am playing a showcase in mid-August in Atlantic City to Radio and Music Biz people which is a little scary but exciting at the same time.
There’s also a plan for me to come over in February to audition for College dates. I’ve been working with other musicians with the idea that we’ll have an “unplugged” approach, which will help us be more mobile.
Can’t say I would complain if I were selling out Madison Square Garden!
What did you think of Los Angeles when you came to visit and do you have plans of coming back? I understand you might be recording here?
Absolutely amazing place, full of life and somewhere where, personally, I feel very much at home… everyone was so nice and I felt a sense of this is where I need to be.
I am actually flying back in August for about 10 days to record some songs with a guy called ‘Ken Caillat’ who is amazing and has worked with everyone from Fleetwood Mac, Colbie Caillat (his daughter…) to Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney. It should be awesome!
And I’m also going to be working another amazing producer called ‘Bleu’ who is also one of my major musical influences.
I’m so excited and grateful to have these opportunities …it’s not everyday you get to record with people as talented as these guys.
What would you like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music for the first time?
I want them to love it enough to listen again. And I want them to think about the words too. For me the words are just as important as the tune.
Any final words of wisdom?
Always keep an open mind, don’t live your life with blinkers on. Do what you want.
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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